Why do high school counselors write college recommendations if they do not even know the students? My counselor has no idea who I am. How can they accurately write a letter recommending me?

Written by on November 2, 2020

A. School counselors gather information from students in preparation of drafting counselor letters of recommendation. Most four year colleges require counselor letters of recommendation. Counselors conduct junior interviews, senior interviews and have each student complete their junior autobiography. Below are questions that students are asked to complete:

  • Please complete your resume and think about the activities in which you have been involved in during your high school years. What has been the most meaningful activity and why?
  •  What activities would you like to participate in while in college and why?
  •   If you were meeting with an admissions counselor, what personal and academic strengths would you highlight.  Please provide some specific examples.
  •   What are three words you would use to describe yourself?  
  •   Have you experienced any obstacles or difficulties that may have affected you personally and/or your schoolwork.
  •   If you are planning on attending college, do you have a major in mind? If Yes, please indicate below and explain why you are interested in this field.
  •  Is there any other information you think would be helpful to your counselor in writing your recommendation? If so, please provide it here.